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Villa Encantada: 40 acre Private Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve in Lake Arenal

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PLEASE NOTE... The 'Instant Quote' feature above may not give you an accurate rate quote, as kids 6 and under are FREE and No Cleaning Fee charge for less than 6 person occupancy. For an accurate quote, Email Owner or see our Rates Section. (Our Base Rates have not increased since 2005).


16 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Eco-Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, go to our VRBO Photo Section for the Virtual Tour Video access.

You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival with crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.

We've hosted thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.

Casual Elegance ~ Our Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons. On many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons. In addition, we have a second villa on the Estate that sleeps 6 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accommodate 18/20 persons when necessary.

You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, Hand Carved Doors, Antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails and lake and rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, FREE Int'l telephone calls, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more!Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants, shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 16 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforests and rivers. Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Keywords: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens

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estate rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • estate
    • floor area 2800 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • lake view
    • lakefront
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • away from it all
  • General
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • sunbed
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • ceiling fans
    • filtered water
    • firewood
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • security system
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • living room
      • Sunken Living Room w/ Fireplace and Awesome Views of Lake Arenal and surrounding manicured gardens
    • iron & board
    • mobile phone
    • pc
    • telescope
    • heating
    • telephone
      • Magic Jack for Free International and Local calls.. Call home for FREE
    • fireplace
    • parking
    • garage
    • wood fireplace
      • Fireplace in the Living Room and in the Master Bedroom
    • linens provided
      • Maid Service included every 3rd day.
    • parking off street
    • wireless internet
      • Free High Speed WiFi at your disposal.
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • broadband access
    • parking for rv/boat/trailer
  • Kitchen
    • dishes & utensils
    • blender
    • stove
    • grill
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • cooking utensils
    • kitchen
    • ice maker
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
    • catering available
      • Chef Service Available at additional charge
    • oven
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • child's highchair
    • dining
  • Pool / Spa
    • outdoor pool
    • private pool
      • Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals) and 100 ft Waterslide.. Great Fun for all ages. Also our 120' X 100' Ponds for kayaking and swimming.
  • Bathrooms
    • 3 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1:
    • bathroom 2:
    • bathroom 3:
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 15, beds for 2-15
    • bedroom 2: 1 queen, Mini-Master Suite w/ Fine Furniture & remodeled bathroom
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen, Master BR (HUGE)w/ Fireplace, Fine Furniture, New Bathroom
    • bedroom 3: 1 queen, Mini Master Suite w/ Fine Furnishing, New Bathroom, Views
    • bedroom 4: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon, Master Loft sleeps 6.. Huge area w/ Awesome views
    • additional sleeping area: We can place extra beds in any of the BR's.. LOTS of Room!
      • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa fold out double bed
  • Entertainment
    • books
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games
    • games for kids
    • toys
    • stereo
    • dvd player
    • vcr
    • cd player
    • satellite / cable
      • (2)
    • video library
      • Over 2000 DVD's available for your use
    • television
    • radio
    • audio tape player
  • Outside
    • barbecue
    • kayak / canoe
    • canoe
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • binoculars
    • boat with paddles
    • large cooler
    • small cooler
    • fish cleaning table
    • raft
    • bicycles
    • boat
    • wood deck
    • boat dock
    • outdoor grill gas
    • patio
    • porch / veranda
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • walkway to water
    • balcony
    • outdoor grill
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
    • tennis court
    • deck / patio
      • (3) More than 2,500 sq ft of Decks and Patios
    • lanai / gazebo
  • Suitability
    • wheelchair accessible
    • smoking allowed
      • We request that you smoke outside only...please!
    • alternative lifestyle
    • suitable for elderly or infirm
    • pets considered
    • children welcome
    • events allowed
    • low allergen environment
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
    • chauffeur
    • private chef
    • concierge
    • staff
  • Notes
    • Unique custom architectural design, Tri-level home 2800 sq, ft, Extensive Decks, patios and balconies, Villa situated on a 40 acre Lakefront Private Nature Preserve Estate, miles of manicures Nature Hiking Trails, Natural spring fed pond for swimming and waterfalls to relax by, Hammocks and outdoor gas grill, Magnificent views from every room in the house, Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal (5 km, ), Sleeps 2 to 12 persons, (many times we've hosted groups of 15 persons) CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE**, 4 BR, 3 Bathrooms, Vaulted ceilings, Imported Italian tile and exotic hardwood throughout, Hand carved doors, Spacious spiral staircase, 2 Fireplaces, Telephone, TV, DVD, WI-FI, stereo system & CD player, Fully furnished, Full kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar, Ceiling fans throughout, Licensed massage therapist available for guests, Maid service provided every third day, Linens and towels provided, Garage and ample parking for 6-8 vehicles. SEE OUR GUEST COMMENTS

activities and attractions in Lake Arenal Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • museums
    • theme parks
    • restaurants
    • botanical garden
    • nude beach
    • health/beauty spa
    • bay/sound
    • caves
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • forests
    • library
    • playground
    • pond
    • rain forests
    • recreation center
    • water parks
    • ruins
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
  • Leisure Activities
    • sight seeing
    • antiquing
    • boating
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • paddle boating
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • horseshoes
    • shelling
    • horseback riding
    • wildlife viewing
    • beachcombing
    • outlet shopping
    • shopping
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • mountaineering
    • paragliding
    • roller blading
    • surfing
    • fishing
    • rafting
    • spelunking
    • rock climbing
    • equestrian events
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • sound/bay fishing
    • water tubing
    • whitewater rafting
    • wind-surfing
    • hiking
    • kayaking
    • water skiing
    • cycling
    • tennis
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • jet skiing
    • basketball court
    • mountain biking

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  • owner Glenn McBride
  • phone Cell: 011-506-8706-7079
  • 2nd phone Tel/Fax: 011-506-2694-4731 (Costa Rica)

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Peak Season
Dec 13 2013 - Sep 15 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
Sep 16 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee for 6+ pax $100 + Tax
TERMS: 50% Reservation Deposit at time of booking with Balance Due 60 days prior to arrival.

Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

** Children 6 yrs or under stay FREE ** 3 kids equal one adult rate (proof of age may be required)
3 night minimum stay please ~~ EXCEPTIONS>> for groups of 8+ persons.
You get the entire Lakefront villa and 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate.
December 1-September 15th ~2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

September 16th-November 30th~~2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons.

Rates do not include 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax. All major credit cards accepted.

Total Privacy!
Tax Rate 13.0%

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traveler reviews for this lake arenal estate rental

Villa Encantada stay was terrific

Review submitted: August 22, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

Our family spent 7 wonderfull days at Villa Encantada. Not too far away from Nuevo Arenal a quiet little town which we all enjoyed visiting. Villa Encantada is close to, and has a spectacular view, of Lake Arenal.

The owner (your host) also has a pontoon boat available for fishing trips. Or, in our case, for sight seeing cruises. We were in awe of the beautiful Volcano Areanal. Our trip on the boat was so enjoyable and relaxing.

Speaking of relaxing. From the moment we arrived at the Villa we felt at home. The Villa is everything we had read about prior to selecting Encantada as our vacation destination in Costa Rica. Honestly Encantada is everything it was to be and MORE.

The Villa has a beauty and warmth you can feel the moment you see it... Not to mentiion how one feels upon walking in the front door. Of course you will have to tear yourself away from the spectacular view of Lake Arenal, from the front porch, in order to enter the Villa.

Walking into the Villa you immediately have a view of the back porch and the garden paradise which is your backyard. The pond and island are the center piece of the back yard and garden. You will want to walk across the suspended bridge to the island where you can enjoy feeding the fish in the pond. A daily task my Granddaughter gladly took on and which we all enjoyed sharing with her.

There are 4 Kayaks available to use in the pond or take down to the hill to Lake Arenal. My granddaughter and I tried our kayaking skills in the pond. She took to it like a duck takes to water. And, I can attest to the fact the water in the pond is clean, clear, cold and drinkable... As I swallowed half the pond before I mastered the art of getting onto the Kayak. Another fond memory from our stay at Encantada.

The nature trails created by the owner are maped out for your review. Or, as wek did, you can begin exploring them on your own. Getting caught up in the beauty of the rain forest, following the flowing creek up to the water fall and beyond... An enjoyable time was had by us as we explored the gardens and trails of Encantada.

Every morning we were awakened by the Howler Monkeys in the rain forest. Once you have heard them you are not likely to forget it. Even better than hearing them was seeing them one morning from the back porch of the Villa.

Watching the amazing variety of birds eating from the bird feeder and taking a whole bunch of pictures... Most enjoyable! And, if you don't have a camera I seriously doubt if you will soon forget the first time you see the Toucans.

We enjoyed the variety of restaurants which are easy to get to from the Villa. We found them to be clean, reasonably priced and the food and service was very good to terrific.
Eating "Tico" is most enjoyable, and we would recommend the pleasure that can be derived from eatiing "Tico".

The canopy tour is most enjoyable and only a short drive from the villa. If you want to see the rainforest try seeing it from the Top down... Very impressive.

Our host, guide, skipper (on our boat tour of Lake Arenal) and new "Friend". Made our stay at the Villa truly and Enchanted vacation. You can not ask for a better host anywhere.

We will return again to visit paradise at Villa Encantada.
It is everything it was said to be... and more!!

If you are going to Costa Rica you do not want to miss out on staying at Villa Encantada where you can experience the gem of Costa Rica... Lake Arenal, and the crown jewel Arenal the Volcano

Helpful votes: 50 / 100


The best villa we have ever stayed in.........

Review submitted: August 25, 2014   Date of arrival: August 12, 2014

Perfect. All the web site says and more. We have travelled the world staying in rented villas but this is the top, the gardens, house, area and Glenn all make the vacation top top class. You will not believe the gardens and swimming in the lake, the pool and the waterfall is a gift. A trip to horse ride a bit of zip lining and then kayaking makes for a great stay. Glenn, well done, as I told you, the best villa!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Dream vacation in Costa Rica

Review submitted: August 16, 2014   Date of arrival: July 31, 2014

We considered staying at a hotel during our week in Costa Rica but were most fortunate to have found Villa Encatada. The pictures on the website looked beautiful, but it was beyond expectations when we got there. The house was not only richly decorated, but had very comfortable beds and lots of outdoor furniture to lounge and enjoy spectacular scenery. Un believable landscaping. Our teenage kids enjoyed the slide and pool with fishing poles and kayaks available to play around with on the pond. Our whole family spent several hours hiking what looked like any State Park in the United States right there at the Villa. There were very well maintained trails through the woods and along a beautiful waterfall. The owner checked in with us every day to make sure everything was working OK and was so helpful in arranging some of the activities (white water rafting -through Wave Expeditions- absolutely a fantastic ride and great guides and Zip lines through Selvatura- also highly recommended activity if you like adventure and thrill. We did go to the beach one day but because of the road construction ended up taking us 4 hours ( I would recommend staying overnight rather than a day trip for that one). We also went to the Baldi Hot Springs which was about an hour a way-good if you have kids because of the slides that they also have in addition to the cemented hot pools-nice clean park. We were able to go into the town of New Arenal which was less than 10 minutes away and do grocery shopping, however we really enjoyed the restaurants Moyas, Los Establos-authentic tica food, and great German cooking at the German bakery in town and La Rana. We very much hope to return one day to Villa Encatada.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Lake Arenal vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 03/18/2003.